2018 Caroline Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Chambrees (750ml)15 6 0 0
89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound
Reticent aromas are comprised by notes of white flowers, orchard fruit and subtle application of wood. There is a bit more weight and volume to the vibrant and sappy middle weight flavors that possess slightly better depth and persistence. This is a very good Chassagne villages and worth checking out...from Le Chêne, Les Masures and La Bergerie.
Caroline Morey, who is the wife and winemaking partner of Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey (director of Domaine Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey) and the daughter of Jean-Marc Morey, has founded her own domaine. She also had the opportunity to take over another Santenay-based domaine that, among other holdings, has a parcel of Criots-Bâtard. In round numbers, she now will be farming 7 ha. With respect to the 2018 vintage, Morey noted that "after a wet spring the growing season was pretty much hot and dry all the way through to the harvest. We began picking the whites on the 27th of August and then attacked the reds on the 31st and we finished the last parcel on the 6th of September. It was very warm during the afternoon, so we picked only in the mornings. It's easier on the pickers and it's easier to process the fruit when it's not too warm. Most wines, both red and white, came in between 12.8 and 13% and the highest was 13.2% so nothing was chaptalized. I used between 20 and 50% whole clusters for the vinifications which lasted between 15 and 21 days there were no problems getting the fermentations to finish. As to the whites, they're more generously proportioned than their 2017 counterparts and I think the more abundant yields helped preserve the acidities. They're not necessarily better but they are certainly different." (6/2020)